11/5/11: Today’s Tips: Saturday

MUSIC: Jimmy Webb @ The Linda, Albany. “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.” “Didn’t We.” “Wichita Lineman.” “Up, Up and Away.” Webb is the author of some of the great American pop classics of the rock era, and at the piano, he makes them all come alive again. And let’s not forget “MacArthur Park”… 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Peter Ostroushko @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. A regular on “A Prairie Home Companion,” Ostroushko made quite an impressive recording debut – playing mandolin on Dylan’s classic “Blood On the Tracks.” 7:30pm. $22 in advance; $24 at the door.

MUSIC: Interpreti Veneziani @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. As Frank Zappa once wryly asked, “Does humor belong in music?” These guys certainly think so… Call ’em the Victor Borges of the 21st century. 8pm. $29, $34, $38.

FUNDRAISER/PARTY: Black Velvet Art Party @ Roaring Brook Ranch, Lake George. A fundraiser for the Lake George Arts Project featuring the auction of black velvet art donated by local artists, a black velvet costume contest, dancing, games, lots of funky fun and music by Groove Therapy. 8pm. $20 if purchased by November 2; $25 at the door.

MUSIC/PARTICIPATORY DANCE: La Excelencia @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The hard-driving brass and percussion ensemble fires up a hard salsa dance party. 8pm. $19; students and children $10. Related story.

ROLLER DERBY: The Hellions of Troy @ Rollarama Skating Center, Schenectady. Our hellacious roller derby gals take on the Hudson Valley Horrors. 8pm. $12; $3 for kids under 12.

MUSIC: The Bob Warren Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The North Country singer-songwriter teams up with an all-star band featuring bassist Tony Markellis, drummer Danny Whelchel, guitarist Don Warren, keyboardist Matt Donnelly and cellist Monica Wilson Roach. 6:30 & 9pm. $15 in advance; $17 at the door. Related story.

MUSIC: Gretchen Parlato @ The Egg, Albany. Jazz singer Parlato and her band team up with jazz harmonicat Gregoire Maret and his band. It’s a double-bill of two rising stars on the jazz scene. NOTE: Bassist Ben Williams is slated to be part of Maret’s quartet. 7:30pm. $24. Related story.

DANCE ON FILM/LIVE MUSIC: “Dance Movies” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. With live performance by punk marching band Mucca Pazza. 7pm. $6. Related story.

FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. A benefit for the Saratoga ArtsFest – who sponsored the band’s sold-out performance in June (read our review here – presents the trio of Chris Brubeck, Joel Brown and Peter Madcat Ruth along with special guest clarinetist Frank Brown. 7pm. $25. Related story.

MUSIC: Abigail Washburn @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Among other things, the beguiling Washburn is a superb singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player. Her tourstop is in support of her fine album, “City of Refuge.” With Mike & Ruthy. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The knock-out, no-holds-barred soul revue has already torn up Nippertown with shows at theaters (The Egg) and amphitheaters (SPAC). Just imagine what will happen in the cozy club confines of Helsinki… 9pm. UPDATE: Sold out.

FUNDRAISER/ART RECEPTION: “BUILT: Albany’s Architecture Through Artists’ Eyes” @ Cathedral of All Saints, Albany. The art exhibit & silent auction for the benefit of the Historic Albany Foundation highlights the issue of vacant buildings in Albany. 7pm.

READING: William Kennedy @ Schenectady County Public Library, Schenectady. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author reads from his new novel, “Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes.” 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Misfits @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. With Juicehead, Blase Debris, Hijinx and New Red Scare. 7pm. $18.

FILM: “Cultures of Resistance” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Iara Lee’s documentary explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice. 8pm. $10 suggested donation; student/low income $5.

MUSIC: The Terry Gordon Quintet @ Justin’s, Albany. 9:30pm. Related story.

COMEDY: The Capitol Steps @ Proctors, Schenectady. The political comedy troupe puts the “mock” in democracy. 8pm. $20, $25, $35 & $45.

MUSIC: Bill Carmichael @ the Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater, Salem. With Scott Nicholas on piano, Broadway’s Carmichael sings the standards from the Great American Songbook. 8pm. $20 includes $5 for coffee and dessert.

OPERA ON FILM: “Siegfried” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The Metropolitan Opera’s production of the Wagner classic. Six hours long with two intermissions. 12noon. $25; children 13 & under $15.

MAGIC: Masters of Illusion Live @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Based on the TV show, it’s a live magic & illusion featuring more than a half dozen daring escapologists, eye-popping illusionists and amazing quick-change artists. 7pm. $19.50, $29.50, $34.50 & $39.50.

MUSIC: Pillowhead @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With the Velmas, the Blisterz and the Rob Skane 3. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Erin Harkes Band @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. 10pm. $5.

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